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cinco de mayo in tribeca or west village?

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looking for a place with good mexican food where the atmosphere will be fun but not wild and messy in a college way. ideally it's a restaurant in tribeca, soho or west village but open to other downtown ideas...

thanks!

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    1. If the weather is nice, I would have drinks and antojitos outside at Mercadito Grove. It's been fun, but I've never encountered a rowdy crowd there for Cinco de Mayo in the past. The food is excellent and the cucumber-chile margaritas are even better.

      As for the Strong Buzz list of PR clippings, I don't know if you are inclined to follow the recommendations of the Post, but I would strongly advise against Cabrito, Elizabeth and La Palapa. The food just doesn't pass muster at Cabrito, the crowds can be somewhat annoying at La Palapa and judging by Elizabeth's marketing blitz, the sheer number of preening scenesters jabbing their elbows into you at their event will make you feel like the 7pm piñata.
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      1. re: JungMann

        i didn't find any of the listings in the strong buzz list to be appealing. they were either places i've been to with bad food or places with a bad scene.

        thanks for the mercadito grove suggestion. i've never been but have walked past. if the rain lets up i must try the cucumber chile margarita that you speak of...

        i managed to get a booking at centrico on the later side, so we'll see how that goes. i've never been. have you?

        1. re: syb

          I've only been to Centrico once, but it was only for drinks and it was later at night. The crowd was a very peculiar mix, which is sometimes what one gets late in TriBeCa, but I'm curious to know how it is earlier in the evening.

      2. How about Papatzul in Soho? Grand & W B'way.